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HP13 area guide

Postcode district: HP13

Location

The HP13 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Abbey, Bowerdean, Buckinghamshire, Disraeli, Downley, Downley and Plomer Hill, High Wycombe, Micklefield, Ryemead, Terriers and Amersham Hill, Totteridge, Tylers Green and Loudwater.

History

The town of High Wycombe has roots dating back to Roman times, as a Roman Villa was found in the town and excavated three times. The villa is said to have been built between 150 and 170 AD. Mosaics and even a bath house were also found around the town. A settlement in High Wycombe is noted in the Domesday book as early as 970. The Parish church was established in 1086 and the town was named a market borough in 1237. The market has been running in the town since the early 12th century. Throughout Medieval times High Wycombe was a mill town that manufactured lace and linen cloth. The town was also heavily used as a stop-off point for travellers going between London and Oxford. Many inns and taverns existed in High Wycombe to satisfy the traveller’s needs. In the 17th and 18th centuries the cloth industry was overtaken by the paper industry, as the town’s chalk from the water was perfect for paper making. In the 19th century the furniture industry completely overtook the town’s industry and made High Wycombe very famous. To accommodate the many workers, terraced houses were built and are a large part of the town’s architecture. Due to the furniture industry, the town’s population grew substantially from 13,000 people in 1881 to about 29,000 residents in 1928. In 1877 Queen Victoria visited the town and was greeted with an arch of chairs. Unfortunately the furniture industry started to decline in the 1960s, causing great unemployment and hardship in the town. Due to the decline, the housing market in the town began to heavily decline as well. Many of the houses were condemned and had to be destroyed. However, you can still see beautiful, old architecture in St. Mary’s Street in the main city. During World War II, the town acted as the U.S. Air Force’s bomber command base and headquarters. After the war, the town started to really develop, as most of the decrepit buildings were demolished and new shopping centres were built.

Present

Today HP13 contains about 40,000 residents, while the entire HP postcode contains about 460,000 people. HP13 has a rather young median age of thirty-three, as the national average is about thirty-nine. The town of High Wycombe is located in the affluent Buckinghamshire region; however, the town contains less affluent areas due to the past history and decline of the furniture industry. Recently, the town has undergone and is continuing to go through renovation projects, such as more shopping centres and amenities. Most of the properties in HP13 are semi-detached, making up 43 per cent of the housing stock. The house prices in HP13 are very close to the national averages. For those looking to buy in the most affluent areas, Wentworth Close is one of the most expensive streets in HP13, with average prices of £700,000. This street is mainly inhabited by wealthy professionals with children. The houses are generally large and detached. Although this street houses families, it is not ideal for children attending college as it is far from High Street where the nearest school is located. One of the most convenient and inexpensive streets in HP13 is Cheviot Close. The residents living on or near this street tend to be older. This street is great for young families as the school located on The Pastures is very near. Also, the street is close to a post office and a petrol station. The average house price on Cheviot Close is £120,000. Micklefield Road is one of the most residential streets in HP13, probably due to its convenient location near a primary school, a post office and petrol station. The properties on this street range from detached houses to flats. The average property price is around £200,000.